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"America's First Test Tube Baby" has a Baby of Her Own

Yesterday, America's first "test tube" baby had a baby of her own - no test tubes involved.

Twenty-nine year old Elizabeth Comeau, who today works for The Boston Globe, was the first "test tube" baby in the United States. "I hate the phrase "'test tube baby'," Elizabeth says in a short video piece posted by the Globe (watch here). "There are no test tubes involved, its all petri dish." Her son, Trevor James Comeau, was born without fertility treatment. "People who have fertility issues deserve to know they can have healthy, normal babies," she says in the article.

Elizabeth's story is told, along with the intricate history of in vitro fertilization (IVF), in AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's film Test Tube Babies, which examines the scientific, political, religious, and social implications of this groundbreaking technology. In 1981, Elizabeth's parents, Judy and Roger Carr, traveled from Massachusetts, where IVF was illegal, to the privately funded IVF clinic of Doctors Howard and Georgeanna Jones in Norfolk, Virginia.

Today, more than 3 million babies worldwide have been born as a result of IVF. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's website for Test Tube Babies includes articles on the World's First Test Tube Baby, Elizabeth Carr, Judy and Roger Carr, Howard and Georgeanna Jones, as well as a photo gallery of families that IVF has helped and a timeline of the history of IVF.

See Elizabeth Comeau's article in today's Boston Globe, "A First for the First." You can purchase Test Tube Babies here. 


Tory Starr is a Production Assistant for American Experience.

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